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Remixing Classics for the Screen: Woody Allen and the Classical Tradition
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. (Multiple Screens as Material)
2015 (English)In: Studia Oliveriana, ISSN 0562-2964, Vol. 1, 55-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several films by Woody Allen (Interiors, Oedipus Wrecks, Match Point and Mighty Aphrodite) contain elements of classical tradition that have been neglected or oversimplified by film scholarship as references to the director’s personal engagement with psychoanalysis. Using Mighty Aphrodite (1995) as illustration, I argue that these films convey the expression of contemporary social issues through a complex and multi-layered reception of classical culture that goes beyond pure psychoanalysis. In Mighty Aphrodite, specifically, Allen deploys the strict formalism of tragedy and the myth of Oedipus as film mechanisms for contemporary societal discourse. Via evaluation of film and narrative, I demonstrate that Allen’s classical reception is self-reflexive as it refers back to the very processes of performative arts. Furthermore, Allen utilizes the classical tradition as a form of expression in contemporary classical Hollywood narratives and creates a rich cultural experience for his audience; a cinematic treatise on cultural remix, dramatic formalism and classical reception per se.  


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Pesaro: Bononia University Press, 2015. Vol. 1, 55-76 p.
Keyword [en]
Woody Allen, classical reception, Greek theatre, Oedipus
National Category
History and Archaeology Performing Arts Cultural Studies Studies on Film Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91239OAI: diva2:735197
Multiple Screens as Material

ISBN 978-88-6923-054-7

Available from: 2014-07-23 Created: 2014-07-23 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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